If you contact me and it seems to me that you have not invested reasonable time and thought into this vocation I will most likely ignore you. That in itself is valuable advice.
If you don’t like the sound of that previous statement then you might not make it in the speaking business. It’s a tough business full of harsh rejection.
Why would I help you?
I’m willing to offer you some free advice on this website. Some people have asked me, “Why would you help other people become professional speakers?” Aren’t they your competition? Technically yes.
Why help the competition?
The answer to that question is easy. Everything I know about the business of professional speaking I learned from other professional speakers and the professional speakers’ associations. Many speakers helped me along the way. So I’m happy to give back in appreciation and also because it feels like the right thing to do.
Are other speakers my competition? Maybe. If they compete with me I would rather know about them and have them feel good towards me. One reality is that the better my competition is, the better I must be, which forces me to continue to grow. Another rule of the universe is that everything you give away comes back to you. That is one of the reasons that networking works as explained in my books, “Secrets of Power Marketing” and “Your Guide to Networking Success”.
Another reality is that none of us fits every client’s needs. Other speakers often refer clients to me and I do the same for them. That is one of the strengths of this business because we each are unique – even if we speak about the same topic.